Skin it and get as much meat off of it as possible then boil for 1 - 2 hours..Let dry and then soak in peroxide for 2 or 3 days. It should not crack over time unless it is abused. Yellowing may occur but can be simply fixed by soaking again. I wouldnt expect any yellowing unless you smoke around it. Just lay off the cancer sticks.
The local taxidermist boils like you said, then soaks a day or so in peroxide, but then puts a coat of flat white paint on them to keep consistent color. He tapes around the base of the antlers to keep paint off of them.
Want a quick and inexpensive call for Moose? Take an empty 32 ounce coffee can, and make a small slit in the bottom, only about a quarter inch. Then, take one of those really big red rubber bands, the ones that go around big folders. Cut the rubber band to make one long piece.
Now, thread one end of the band and tie a knot on the outside of the can so it won't pull through. Cut the band off on the other side so it is even with the top of the can.
Now, wet your finger,...